What are the most common birth defects?
If a baby is born with a part of the body that is missing or malformed, it is called a structural birth defect. Heart defects are the most common type of structural defect. Others include spina bifida, cleft palate, clubfoot, and congenital dislocated hip.
Genetic screening methods may include the following:
- Ultrasound scan.
- Alpha-fetoprotein test (AFP) or multiple marker test.
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (withdrawing a small sample of the fetal blood from the umbilical cord)
- Plan ahead. Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least one month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the developing brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida).
- Home / Prenatal Testing / First Trimester Screen. The First Trimester Screen is a new, optional non-invasive evaluation that combines a maternal blood screening test with an ultrasound evaluation of the fetus to identify risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities, including Down Syndrome Trisomy-21 and Trisomy-18.
- Some characteristics of preeclampsia are signs that can be measured, but may not be apparent to you, such as high blood pressure. A symptom is something you may experience and recognize, such as a headache or loss of vision.
Ultrasound can detect some types of physical birth defects. Examples of physical birth defects that may be found at 19 - 20 weeks are most cases of spina bifida, some serious heart defects, some kidney problems, absence of part of a limb and some cases of cleft palate.
- Heart defects are the most common type of structural defect. Others include spina bifida, cleft palate, clubfoot, and congenital dislocated hip. When there is a problem with a baby's body chemistry, it is called a metabolic birth defect.
- Birth defects are structural or functional abnormalities present at birth that cause physical or mental disability. They are the leading cause of death for infants during the first year of life. Birth defects may be caused by genetic problems, problems with chromosomes, or environmental factors.
- Routine Ultrasounds May Detect Autism in Utero. June 27, 2014 (London) -- Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have more rapidly growing brains and bodies at the beginning of the second trimester than children without the disorder, new research suggests.
Any time you're concerned about what's going on or how you're feeling, it's OK to talk to your doctor.
- Vaginal Bleeding.
- Excessive Nausea and Vomiting.
- High Fever.
- Vaginal Discharge and Itching.
- Pain or Burning During Urination.
- Leg or Calf Pain, or Swelling on One Side/ Severe Headache.
- Flare-Ups of Chronic Diseases.
- 7 Pregnancy Warning Signs
- Severe Nausea and Vomiting.
- Baby's Activity Level Significantly Declines.
- Contractions Early in the Third Trimester.
- Your Water Breaks.
- A Persistent Severe Headache, Abdominal Pain, Visual Disturbances, and Swelling During Your Third Trimester.
- Flu Symptoms.
- What's Normal During Early Pregnancy?
- Nausea. 2 of 5.
- Nausea. What's normal: Nausea and/or vomiting that starts as early as the third week of pregnancy and goes away at 12 weeks or soon after is common and usually nothing to worry about.
- Bleeding. 3 of 5.
- Possible Causes of a Sharp Pain During Pregnancy. One of the most common sharp pains that women report is a stabbing pain in and around the uterus, abdomen or groin area. While this can be uncomfortable, in many cases it can be explained by normal changes that occur during pregnancy.
Updated: 3rd October 2019